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Spokin' Word, March 2019


Serving Chicago’s Southland

Fos Welcomes New and Renewed Members

New Lenox,  IL
Bill Ekkert Lock Port, IL
General Meeting

March 28th 2018

7:30 PM

Last Newsletter before the Easter Ride

Final weeks of preparations are being made for this year’s 38th Annual Easter Ride, taking place for the first time in Frankfort on April 14th! Sign-ups will be taken on line up to Friday April 12 and then in person at Brent’s Plank Road Cyclery day of ride by check or cash. Registration opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:00 am. Sag support stops at 3:30 pm. Early sign-ups are advised to help eliminate lines and waiting. All routes start and end in Historic Downtown Frankfort at Breidert Green Park. Road routes will go to the Monee Reservoir first and from there you will have two optional 19 mile loops (in and out of the Monee Reservoir) before returning back to Breidert Green Park. One loop going to Peotone and the other loop going to University Park. Doing both loops will give you a Metric Century (100 Kilometers) early spring ride. By strong demand Bob Rapacki and Wes Cunningham will provide music at the Monee Reservoir rest stop.

If cyclists choose to stay off the more traveled roads and want to ride a shorter distance, there is a 13 mile trail route to Barrens Shelter next to Schmuhl School Museum. The New Lenox Historical Society will open the Schmuhl School so riders can take a tour during the Easter Ride. There will also be an optional 3-mile loop at S Brightway where riders can come off/on the trail and ride through a quiet subdivision before returning to Breidert Green Park by trail.

Our traditional egg salad sandwiches, cookies, and Sally’s and Fern’s homemade chili plus much more will be available at the Monee Reservoir and Barrens Shelter rest stops. Two of our sponsors, Trails Edge and Aurelio’s Pizza (9901 W. Lincoln Hwy) along with Kernel Sweetooth, & Durbin’s Pizza will offer Folks on Spokes Easter Ride participants food discounts day of ride. To be eligible for the discounts the Frankfort establishments asked that you wear your Easter Ride wrist bands given at registration into the establishments.

After the ride at the Trails Edge Brewing Company come sit, mingle, eat, or dance while listening to the Friday Afternoon Band 12-3:00 pm. If you would rather get pampered Sharon and Barb licensed therapist will be offering massages downstairs for tips 12:00-4:00 pm.

Once again the Easter Ride tradition is depending on your delicious, homemade cookies and helping hands. Members ride free if they make 6 dozen cookies. FOS Members can call the FOS Info Line (815 600-0454) or reach out to Fern, Sally, or Chris for Easter Ride cookie drop locations and for work assignments.

The pre-Easter Ride will be one week prior to the Easter Ride, meeting at Breidert Green Park by the washrooms at 9:00 am Sunday April 7, 2019. Distances to be determined at start.

Best Ridings,
FOS Easter Ride Chair, Chris Oldanie

815 600-0454
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General Meeting March 28, 2019 at 7:30 at Life Time Fitness

Come hear Jay Readey, one of our own members, give a presentation on OUTERBELT ALLIANCE NFP, a new non profit that raises awareness about Chicagos green spaces. Few years back Jay was looking at bike paths and nature paths and found there was a walkable GREEN ring around the city. He charted, recruited, and formed the board of this nonprofit he named the OUTERBELT ALLIANCE. Jay and 3 others completed the first hike in May of 2018. 
Come and join us to hear his story. The following websites give additional information you may wish to check out. and
Come join us, we are very fortunate to hear of this new adventure.

Upcoming Socials for 2019

SUNDAY MARCH 31-3rd ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST-Ferns house, 21117 Main Street, Matteson--1st year sunny and warm, 2nd year raining and cold, yet about 30 attended both years. Juice, coffee, pancakes, sausage, egg bake. If driving parking available at the parking lot north of me at the day care center. Food served 9am to 2pm--family member welcome.
SUNDAY JULY 21-ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL-Gazebo in Praire Park in Frankfort
SEPTEMBER 22-ANNUAL PICNIC-Hickory Creek Presserves, LaPorte Road access, Mokena, catered, food served 1pm
OCTOBER 27-ANNUAL END OF SEASON BIKE, HIKE, POTLUCK-Goodenow Grove, Beecher-family welcome plus several bike clubs invited as well. Bring a dish to share, paper goods and drinks provided-eat 1pm
NOVEMBER 21-ANNUAL PIZZA PARTY, Aurelios in Frankfort-6:30 pm, pizza at 7pm with a short meeting
questions call Fern 708 747 7557 or e mail

Tinley Park Parade

By Andrea Edington
On March 10 eight brave members defied cold temperatures and strong winds to march in the Tinley Irish parade.  Even though conditions were not ideal, the crowds were friendly and cheered us on.   We had a great time.   Thanks to Szabo Plumbing who gave us ties to attached the banner to the pole – the winds were challenging.    We had a few inquiries about the Easter ride and passed out flyers to interested people.  Hopefully those parade spectators/participants will join us in the future.


Ride Illinois presentation with Ed Barsotti and Gina Kenny was a hit!

Pictured, left to right: Ed B., Al S., Gina K., Larry M., Dan R., Dick C.

It was estimated that roughly 25 members attended the FOS monthly meeting to hear one of the leading organizations of bicycle advocacy in the state of Illinois, Ride Illinois (formerly known as The League of Illinois Bicyclist [LIB]) The meeting first began with members happily munching on (   ), chatting with each other, along with many discussions about the upcoming Easter Ride (it was actually getting a little loud in the room!) A shout-out of thanks goes to Lee C., Susan J., Lois J. and Fern B. for their chocolate-themed snacks. One of our newest members, Stephanie M. was at the meeting, welcome Stephanie!  After about 10 minutes, Past-Prez Dan raised his voice above the din to introduce Ed and Gina from Ride Illinois to begin the presentation.

Ed began by relating that he met Al S. & Barb S. on a ride many years ago, and they still enjoy a professional relationship today with common goals of bike safety & promotion of bicycling for Illinois. A lot of the work Ride Illinois does with IDOT is long-range, usually five-year plans, because partnering with them before the work is done is easier & more efficient than trying to alter existing roads. Those “3 Foot Minimum to Pass” signs we see as we ride are a courtesy of Ride Illinois’s work. They are also working on the dreaded “Rumble Strips” to make them safer for bicyclists. They have worked on reducing “Dutch Reach” accidents, whereby car drivers inadvertently hit oncoming cyclists while opening the driver’s side door.  He emphasized the great risk we all take while riding alongside trucks, their blind side is enormous! Ride Illinois is well-known for their BikeSafetyQuiz.  Today they offer mini-grants to high schools to promote the quiz; Ride Illinois will give the school $2 for each student that successfully completes the quiz in 2019. As the coordinator of Communications and Projects, Gina was responsible for converting their annual Ride Listing to magazine format instead of dozens of loose brochures. And their own bike ride is coming up! For 17 years, Ride Illinois has led a Grand Tour; this year it will be a six-day event from June 9-14th. Ed and Al discussed that the state offers a Bike license plate, with $20 of the proceeds going to Ride Illinois. Chris O. noticed all the bicycle literature and requested to bring some to this year’s ER, Ed happily obliged!

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